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Student accommodation is arranged with local families or in college residences. Some students are ready for fully independent living, some are looking for something close to a university student experience, others prefer a family environment. It is important that all students feel comfortable, happy and ‘at home’ in their accommodation and every effort is made to match the right student to the right environment.

St. Ebbes – College Boarding for students aged 15-18

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This residence is made up of purpose-built Oxford Sixth Form College accommodation, with 50 en-suite bedrooms. Each bedroom is fully furnished with a single bed, desk and chair, wardrobe and bedside table. In line with National Minimum Standards, genders are separated using a ‘Salto’ access system which restricts access in the building but enables all students to access common areas.

Students have their breakfast and evening meal in the main kitchen dining room. Breakfast is laid out from 07:00 and students are able to choose cereals, porridge, toast, muffins and fresh fruit. Juices, tea and coffee are always available. The evening meal is freshly cooked daily and there are always two or more options. There is a small common room with an arrangement of sofas, a table and chairs, television with Netflix and a range of puzzles, games and drawing books.

Twice a month, chefs come to the residence on Sunday afternoons and run cooking classes with the students. They will sometimes cook their evening meal and at other times they will cook cakes, biscuits or a festive treat – for example, mince pies at Christmas.

The residence is cleaned daily in the common areas and each week the students’ bedrooms are cleaned. Clean bed sheets and towels are provided weekly. There are also laundry facilities for the students to use: supervisors will help the students with this until they feel confident in doing it themselves.

Security is a priority for us, and the residence has CCTV cameras in all the common areas including outside the front door for security. The residence is manned awake 24/7 by a small team of supervisors, one during weekdays, with two at the weekends and two at night. The supervisors are highly trained both in security and pastoral care. They get to know the students very quickly, which aids the support and care they provide.

The communication between the College Welfare team and the Residence Supervisors is excellent and provides everyone with a holistic picture of each student in our care. Each morning the supervisors email the College with the student checks, which tell us which students have had breakfast or have left for College. Students that are unwell are identified and follow-up correspondence takes place throughout the day. At night, curfew checks also take place, and any students who are late are contacted immediately by the supervisors to ensure their safe return.

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Pensons Gardens – College Boarding for students aged 18+

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This residence is made up of purpose-built Oxford Sixth Form College accommodation, with 20 en-suite bedrooms. Each bedroom is fully furnished with a single bed, desk and chair, wardrobe and bedside table. Access to floors and rooms are strictly controlled system which restricts and controls access but enables all students to access common areas.

As a self-catering residence, students are able to use the kitchen facilities available to prepare meals of their choosing. There is a common room with an arrangement of furniture and a television with Netflix and a range of board games and puzzles.

The residence is cleaned daily in the common areas and the students’ bedrooms are cleaned each week. Students are expected to change and wash their bedding and towels weekly, we provide two sets of bedlinen and towels for each student. There are also laundry facilities on-site for the students to use.

Security is a priority for us, and the residence has CCTV cameras in all the common areas including outside the front door for security. In addition, the residence is staffed overnight. The supervisors are highly trained both in security and pastoral care. They get to know the students very quickly, which aids the support and care they provide.

The communication between the College Welfare team and the Residence Supervisors is excellent and provides everyone with a holistic picture of each student in our care. Each morning the supervisors email the College with the student checks, which tell us which students have left for College and raise any concerns.  Students that are unwell are identified and follow-up correspondence takes place throughout the day. At night, supervisors ensure the students’ safe return.

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